having a temper or disposition of a specified character (usually used in combination):
a good-tempered child.
Music. tuned in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, especially tuned in equal temperament.
made less intense or violent, especially by the influence of something good or benign:
justice tempered with mercy.
properly moistened or mixed, as clay.
Metallurgy. of or relating to steel or cast iron that has been tempered.
a particular state of mind or feelings.
habit of mind, especially with respect to irritability or patience, outbursts of anger, or the like; disposition:
an even temper.
heat of mind or passion, shown in outbursts of anger, resentment, etc.
calm disposition or state of mind:
to be out of temper.
a substance added to something to modify its properties or qualities.
the degree of hardness and strength imparted to a metal, as by quenching, heat treatment, or cold working.
the percentage of carbon in tool steel.
the operation of tempering.
Archaic. a middle course; compromise.
Obsolete. the constitution or character of a substance.
verb (used with object)
to moderate or mitigate:
to temper justice with mercy.
to soften or tone down.
to bring to a proper, suitable, or desirable state by or as by blending or admixture.
to moisten, mix, and work up into proper consistency, as clay or mortar.
Metallurgy. to impart strength or toughness to (steel or cast iron) by heating and cooling.
to produce internal stresses in (glass) by sudden cooling from low red heat; toughen.
to tune (a keyboard instrument, as a piano, organ, or harpsichord) so as to make the tones available in different keys or tonalities.
to modify (color) by mixing with a medium.
Archaic. to combine or blend in due proportions.
Archaic. to pacify.
verb (used without object)
to be or become tempered.
(of a scale) having the frequency differences between notes adjusted in accordance with the system of equal temperament See temperament
(of an interval) expanded or contracted from the state of being pure
(in combination) having a temper or temperament as specified: ill-tempered
a frame of mind; mood or humour: a good temper
a sudden outburst of anger; tantrum
a tendency to exhibit uncontrolled anger; irritability
a mental condition of moderation and calm (esp in the phrases keep one’s temper, lose one’s temper, out of temper)
the degree of hardness, elasticity, or a similar property of a metal or metal object
to make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate: he tempered his criticism with kindly sympathy
to strengthen or toughen (a metal or metal article) by heat treatment, as by heating and quenching
to adjust the frequency differences between the notes of a scale on (a keyboard instrument) in order to allow modulation into other keys
to make such an adjustment to the pitches of notes in (a scale)
a rare word for adapt
an archaic word for mix
temper tem·per (těm’pər)
A state of mind or emotions; mood.
A tendency to become easily angry or irritable.
An outburst of rage.
noun 1. a particular state of mind or feelings. 2. habit of mind, especially with respect to irritability or patience, outbursts of anger, or the like; disposition: an even temper. 3. heat of mind or passion, shown in outbursts of anger, resentment, etc. 4. calm disposition or state of mind: to be out of temper. […]
noun 1. tantrum. noun a loss of mental balance or composure, esp. by an outburst of anger or irritation; also called tantrum Word Origin tantrum’s origin is unknown
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or tempest-tost [tem-pist-tawst, -tost] /ˈtɛm pɪstˈtɔst, -ˈtɒst/ adjective 1. buffeted about, as by adversities.